June 2014 Blog Posts (85)

Auditions for 'The Last Torch'

“The Last Torch” is an exciting new Irish ceoldrama being premiered in Melbourne, Australia October 1st - 4th, 2014 at the Malthouse Theatre, Southbank. It will be part of this year's Melbourne Fringe Festival. Auditions will be held in July. Please email Frances O’Neill to…

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Added by The Last Torch on June 14, 2014 at 2:00am — No Comments

A 'Wild Goose' in the Mayan Kingdom

Our educated guess is that Dr. Theodore Thaddeus Dominic O’Kelly came to Guatemala around 1696. He might be a surgeon from the ranks of the Jacobite Army that fought in Aughrim. According to his account, he was an Ulsterman born in Loughgall (County Armagh) around 1658.

In…

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Added by juan pablo torrebiarte on June 13, 2014 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

The Fun of Matchmaking

Matchmaking and Lisdoonvarna are two things that naturally go together ... like strawberries and cream.

If love is what you are looking for (or even just a fun time with other singles), then you cannot miss the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival.  So, get on your dancing shoes,…

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Added by annette counihan on June 13, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments


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Duckett’s Grove Walled Gardens and Pleasure Grounds

Duckett’s Grove Walled Gardens and Pleasure Grounds, Duckett’s Grove, Carlow

Duckett’s Grove, the…

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Added by Celtic Tours World Vacations on June 13, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Quid Pro Quo - It's a Question of Money

I came across this old election poster from the mid-1950's lately. I was born in 1956, so it resonated a bit. Political comparisons aside, I had totally forgotten how the 'old prices' were written and this poster, with it's comparison chart of commonly purchased items brought back floods of childhood memories to me.

For instance the 1954 price tag of 2/4 for Cigarettes…

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Added by Brian Nolan on June 13, 2014 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

To Drive or Not to Drive

My apologies to William Shakespeare who never had to make that decision.

When vacationing in Ireland is it best to hire a car, utilize public transportation or join an organized tour? The ability to come…

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Added by P.J. Francis on June 12, 2014 at 4:30pm — 7 Comments

Exploring Unspoiled Ireland with Wild West Irish Tours

The  following is a transcript from the LIVE Community Chat held here at TheWildGeese.com on Friday, June 13, 2014 with with Michael Regan-Waugh of…

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Added by The Wild Geese on June 12, 2014 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Old Irish Newspaper Extracts

Old Irish Newspaper Abstracts:

We tend to forget the things that so many people have done, especially in this day and age of advanced technology. Many of you don’t remember the days when the Irish Census returns were not on the internet, many of you don’t know about the days when you had to go to the Irish Civil Records office to get the references for births, marriages and deaths. Today, we can get those references if they exist on the internet (for the most part). We all forget so…

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Added by Dr. Jane Lyons on June 12, 2014 at 8:31am — No Comments

History of Passports and a Useful Genealogical Tool

Except for brief periods during and after times of war, passports were not required of U.S. citizens traveling outside of the country until 1941. Many Americans, however, obtained one for their own security. Passports were and still are issued by the Department of the State, and…

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Added by Dee Notaro on June 11, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments


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Irish Eye Candy: Keem Beach, Achill Island

Keem Beach, Achill Island, Ireland…
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Added by Celtic Tours World Vacations on June 11, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Farewell to The Celtic Tiger

Ireland has recently received criticism for offering favorable tax rates to American companies who relocate there. The governor of California was particularly scathing. Other EEC countries see it as being unfair to them. Everyone concerned has a valid point but it is difficult right now for the Irish government to change its policy. The fake economic boom known as the Celtic…

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Added by P.J. Francis on June 10, 2014 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments

Open Chat "Irish in the American Revolution"

Hi Gary & Ryan

I felt less than satisfied with my performance during last Friday's open chat. However, I believe I'll make up for it by sending the nine who joined the chat copies of my latest historical novel, "Irish in American Revolution"plus a copy of my book, "The Irish-American Chronicle," which introduces the entire Irish-American Story series.." Would you like the books sent to you for distribution or I'll need the mailing addresses of the nine to forward to Firstchoice, the…

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Added by James Francis Smith on June 10, 2014 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment


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Report: Vaccine 'Intended for Cattle' Given to Children

Newstalk has reported that experimental drug trials were conducted on at least 290 children across 10 mother-and-baby homes in the 1960s and 70s.

The trials were said to be conducted at homes at Bessborough in Cork, St Peters in Westmeath, St Clare's in Stamullen, The Good…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on June 9, 2014 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Ireland and Colombia: So Different, Yet So Much the Same

When I woke to my first St. Patrick’s Day in Colombia, I grabbed my laptop before I’d even got out of bed and Skyped home. Through the magic of the Internet, I was suddenly transported to my parents’ dining room table. My mother and aunt, resplendent in green, with shamrocks pinned…

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Added by Caroline Doherty de Novoa on June 9, 2014 at 2:00pm — 7 Comments

'The Wild Geese in NYC' Catch 'Gaelic Sports Day'

Breezy Point, N.Y. -- More than 100 individuals, a number likely to have doubled before the day ended, came to Breezy Point on Saturday to demonstrate the draw -- and drawing power -- of Gaelic sports worldwide.

The event, billed Gaelic Sports Day, was produced by Shannon Gaels Gaelic Football Club. The Gaels are the only Minor GAA club, serving…

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Added by Gerry Regan on June 9, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments


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Huntington Castle Gardens

Huntington Castle Gardens, Clonegal, Co. Carlow t: 053-9377160 w: www.huntingtoncastle.com

These gardens were mainly laid out in the seventeenth-century and include the French limes on the Avenue, the “parterre” or lawns to the side of the house, the fish ponds on either…

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Added by Celtic Tours World Vacations on June 9, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

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Added by Annya Bright on June 8, 2014 at 11:38am — No Comments

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Added by Annya Bright on June 8, 2014 at 11:33am — No Comments

Friday the 13th: Is it Still Scary in the 21st Century?

There are 12 months in a year, 12 inches in a foot, 12 signs of the Zodiac, and most multiplication tables go up to 12; and so one more of any of these would make 13. The modern day fear of 13 is based on Norse mythology: 12 gods were dining at Valhalla (where gods go when they die)…

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Added by Dee Notaro on June 7, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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